An intimate account, using film and Sibeliuss music and words, of a great artists struggle with his medium, with the world and with himself.
Set against the stunning scenery of Margam Park, Swansea, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins performs a selection of popular songs as well as Welsh traditional tunes to an audience of thousands. Her guests include tenor Juan Diego Florez and singer Paul Potts.
In Search of the Messiah reveals a miracle of engineering and exposes an extraordinary world of politics, deception, crime and passion, spanning over 350 years of history. The title of the documentary is inspired by the most perfectly preserved Stradivari violin in existence: The Messiah, which is displayed in a glass case at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum. Stradivari's instruments are so valuable that they are well beyond the capability of even the most famous musicians to own.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal.
In Conversation With Virginia Trioli features revealing in-depth interviews with major icons of the arts. This week is the turn of iconic singer and songwriter, Marianne Faithfull.
Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - aka The Ballet Boyz - join The Royal Ballet as they embark on a historic tour to Cuba. It's the first time a major international ballet company has visited Cuba since the revolution and coincides with its 50th anniversary.
French filmmaker Eric Darmon profiles composer Steve Reich, and examines the process and development of Reich's unique rhythmic style, and even captures the composer on the morning he learns of his having won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the piece Double Sextet.
Philanthropist James Fleck's own passion takes flight, with a little help from some of Canada's most prominent artists, including cellist Shauna Rolston, Shakespearean actor Albert Schultz, and prima ballerina Karen Kain. Under their expert guidance, Fleck gets to experience the tremendous sense of exultation that comes from playing Bach or mastering the waltz.
The journey from the mundane to the sublime is exquisitely captured in this intimate portrait of celebrated pianist Anton Kuerti.
Kyle Riabko is a young musician from Canada who won the lead role in the Tony- award-winning Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. Follow Kyle through the rehearsal process and the four months after his first show.
Part two of this program continues to recount composer, Glenn Gould's life and work.
In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Hicks followed Glass across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island 'Cyclone' roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass's working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man.
Of the 20th century's composers and performers of classical music, the life of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould is one of the most frequently documented. Since his death in 1982, dozens of books, essays, television programs and films have evaluated his legacy.
Ballarat's Sweet Mona's Choir was initially formed in 1996 by Verity Higgins as a student choir to teach singing as an approach to teaching voice skills in a performing arts course. Today the Sweet Mona's Choir is one of Victoria's leading and most renowned community choirs and has become an embodiment of the remarkable power of community art.
The dramatic rise of a distinguished and fertile music scene in Western Australia is undeniable. This film searches for answers within a labyrinth of theories, facts and opinions for just what is responsible for the sudden explosion of success in WA music. Is it the distance, the environment, the community or something else responsible for the sparkling talent pool?
This very special TV presentation of Rigoletto is filmed totally on location in and around the Italian city of Mantua, the original fictional setting for Verdi's much-loved opera. Placido Domingo, who plays the lead baritone role, says Rigoletto is "one of the most moving roles that exists.
Celebrates Opera Australia's Golden Jubilee on with a sparkling retrospective on 50 golden years of spinetingling, show-stopping operatic moments.
A new production from the Ballets de Monte Carlo. Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot continues his quest to update classical ballet for a modern, younger audience whilst retaining the finesse and qualities of his predecessors. A young cast is led by "danseuse etoile" Bernice Coppieters and they dance to the Cleveland Orchestra.
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